Bangladesh’s stunning win in New Zealand shows they deserve marquee Test series against England and Australia

SYDNEY CRICKET GROUND — There was much chatter at the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney about what Bangladesh had achieved earlier in the day on the other side of “the Ditch” – as the Tasman Sea is known here – against New Zealand.

The Tigers, ranked ninth in the world, pulled off one of the biggest shocks in Test history when they hammered the reigning World Test champions by eight wickets in Mount Maunganui. It ended an unbeaten run at home for New Zealand stretching back to March 2017.

But just when will England host Bangladesh again? They haven’t done so in Tests since 2010, when a team led by Andrew Strauss won a two-match series 2-0.

The last Test series between the teams was in Bangladesh in the winter of 2016 which finished 1-1. But there is nothing scheduled in the International Cricket Council’s current future tours programme that runs until the end of next year.

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Australia, meanwhile, haven’t hosted the Tigers in a Test series since playing two matches against them in the cricketing hotbeds of Darwin and Cairns way back in 2003.

Hopefully this wonderful win in New Zealand will earn Bangladesh more marquee away series in the future.

How Bangladesh sealed ‘unbelievable’ win in New Zealand

Bangladesh's captain Mominul Haque, left, and team mate Mushfiqur Rahim walk from the field after their win during play on day five of the first cricket test between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. (Marty Melville/Photosport via AP)
Haque, left, celebrates victory with team-mate Mushfiqur Rahim (Photo: AP)

By Aadi Nair, Reuters — Mominul Haque hailed Bangladesh’s “unbelievable” win over New Zealand after they beat the world Test champions by eight wickets to end the Black Caps run of 17 matches without defeat on home soil.

Seamer Ebadot Hossain took a career best 6-46 as the tourists dismissed New Zealand for 169 early on day five at Mount Maunganui and then knocked off the 40 runs for victory for the loss of two wickets.

It was Bangladesh’s first win in any format of the game in New Zealand and gave them a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

“I can’t describe it, it’s unbelievable. I couldn’t sleep yesterday because of the pressure,” skipper Mominul said.

“It was very important to win this Test match. Two years ago, we didn’t play that much Test cricket, so we were keen to improve.

“This could be a sign of our improvement in Test cricket. Everyone supported each other during this match. I have said in the past that playing well collectively is the key to our success.”

Bangladesh had gone into the match focusing on the process rather than the result, he added.

“You have to have a clear mindset, before playing anywhere. If you’re going out of the subcontinent, and you think to yourself that ‘it will be tough,’ then it will be tough,” Mominul added.

“We didn’t focus too much on the result of the Test matches, we tried to focus on the process.”

The Bangladesh captain also praised the performance of Ebadot, saying he had worked really well over the last two or three years, and added that the bowling attack was the star of the show.

“He has come from the Air Force and used to be a volleyball player,” Mominul added. “Our coaching staff did a lot of work to support him and helped him bowl in the right areas, and it was an unbelievable spell from him.

“The bowlers played the biggest part in this win. Winning a Test match with four bowlers is unbelievable.”

Mominul was also keen to temper expectations for Test cricket’s ninth-ranked side despite the massive win.

“It helped that there was no expectation from us,” he said. “And I also want to say that don’t expect us to become the number five or six in the world in Tests in the next one or two years.”

The second Test of the series will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch from 9-13 January.